Monsters, Ink. | Skillshare Projects

Celeste Beckerling




Monsters, Ink.

Hi! I'm Celeste, from South Africa, but the internet knows me as Mrs Beckerling (@mrsbeckerling). I joined this class as I am currently working on my illustration portfolio and thought this would be a fun exercise to get creative!

Before I introduce my characters, I need to confess that I did not have any air compressing cans or eye droppers, I innovated a bit with the materials, but from what I gathered from our creative guru Stefan, that's kind of what this is all about.

I did have nice solid black ink. I used a twirly straw (the kind made from hard plastic and has a few loops in it) and sucked up the ink, but not all the way up to my mouth, as that would have been disgusting, but only half way up the straw. This was high risk and if anyone is attempting to do this at home, I suggest parental guidance.

I then held the pressure and gentle moved my head, with attached straw, over a piece of paper. Using my hand I flicked the end of the straw so little drops of ink spattered on the page. I moved back over the ink bottle, realised the pressure so the ink remaining in the straw returned back and then put the straw in a jar of water. Air compression cans? I am in a third world country here! Actually there are probably cans somewhere at the hardware store, but why use a can when I've got an empty plastic syrup bottle in my recycling bin? If I squeeze the bottle, violently and drastically, a shot of air comes out, just enough to get the ink moving. In order to get a 'real' blotch, I have to do this several times and I feel like I am conducing CPR chest compressions on the bottle. I did try get some longer squiggles from a handy porcupine quill that I use for all types of 'arty' things, but in the end I used the more condensed blotches for my monsters.

My first monster was this guy, that I like to call Cream Pie Boy.

It reminds me of this thing I read that getting a tattoo on your face is like having kids - you have to be really, really sure about it cos it will stick there for life.

His lumo tongue didn't come out too well in the scan, but there is enough of a hint there.  I think this also maybe reinforces that whole, 'don't pull that face, because one day it will stick' saying that gran's are always threatening young folk with. Eitherway, I think we can all agree that this monster was created by a radioactive cream pie that was thrown into this unfortunate boy's face. Judging from his low pants and untucked shirt, with ruffled hair, he was probably giving some lackadaisical attitude and his 'mama' had enough and so she just threw a pie she was busy with in his face. His mom might have been a ditzy scientist and instead of putting in three egg yolks in the pie, she put in three nuclear elements. She also works part time as a clown, hence the pie reflex. Maybe it was how she paid her way through college. There is a back story sequel there.

This guy has been eating far too many lunch bars (that might be a South African reference, not sure if the Scottish Lunch Bar advert was a global thing - here's it on YouTube I am not entirely sure when the duck became scottish. The beak was the ink blot and then I extended it for the lower jaw. For some reason I felt he needed a long turtle neck jersey. He looked a little too simple though, so I added the hat and after that the Scottish blood just came through and the eyebrow, drawn in the same style as the ink blot arrived, along with the teeth.

So here we have four ink blots, rolled into one odd fish. I added the whimiscal wispy links to join the carrot-shaped 'bait.' I presumed it was some angler fish from the deep, so I thought adding a little lumo colour to his scales and fins would cheer him up in the darkness.

This was a particular wierd ink blot transformation. I have a suspicion that perhaps the shocked look on the above Scottish Duck's face might be because he found this perculiar fish swimming about in his pond. Perhaps the fish is on holiday in shallow water. You know, get a little sunshine, but not too much which is why he chose Scotland.

I hope you enjoyed my first project - holding thumbs for that prize!


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